EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 08 - 2005 Num. article: 2005/118

Tomato Varamin virus: a new tospovirus of tomatoes in Iran

In Iran, during surveys on Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus (TSWV) in the major tomato-producing regions, tomato fruits showing a bright yellow ring pattern were observed. A tospovirus was isolated by mechanical transmission to herbaceous hosts. Although typical tospovirus virions were observed in electron microscopy, a panel of antibodies used for detection and identification of known tospoviruses by ELISA failed to react with this isolate. Molecular analysis showed that this virus was a distinct tospovirus species, whose closest relative was Iris yellow spot tospovirus. The name Tomato Varamin virus has now been proposed for this new tospovirus species (Tomato fruit yellow ring virus was proposed earlier but is now a synonym). Tomato Varamin tospovirus was mostly found on tomatoes but was also detected on ornamentals (e.g. Althaea, Calendula, Chrysanthemum, Cyclamen, Dianthus, Ficus benjamina, Rosa, Saintpaulia, Pelargonium, Tagetes, Verbena) and weeds (e.g. Amaranthus, Chenopodium album, Cuscuta, Euphorbia seguieriana, Lactuca aculeata), and in mixed infections with TSWV.


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